A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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Location: In the Sierra Nevadas, United States

I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bolero to Go and Purse to Match

I set in the second sleeve in my Trio bolero last night, and was musing on why so many of us knitters abhor finishing work. I realized I put it off mainly because knitting goes along so much faster and much more mindlessly. I actually have to think about mattress stitching, and making sure I am keeping even pace on the two sides. I have done a lot of hand sewing over the years, even made a long dress with 12 buttonholes all worked completely by hand once, just to prove to myself that I could do without electricity. Somehow, sewing a knitted fabric always seems more daunting to me. I used to feel like a big-time procrastinator, but since I have been reading lots of other knitters' blogs this year, I find that I am certainly not alone.

Well, take heart everyone, I think that the finishing process is much like other aspects of knitting; it keeps getting easier. The Trio ibbon yarn in this project was not that cooperative to get a tapestry needle through; a tendency to want to hang up on splitting the ribbon instead of slipping easily under a stitch. I did one sleeve with a metal tapestry needle and the other with a plastic one, and the plastic one worked much better.

I also completely ripped out the purse I was making to match out of the leftover yarn. It was too wide, and I wasn't going to have enough yarn for it. I am back on track, but obviously was wrong in assuming that Trio would knit up to the same gauge as the Deco-Ribbon called for in the pattern.

It is a cloudy, grey day in the California foothills, and the temperature has dropped back down to the spring temps we usually get; put the sandals back in the closet for a few more weeks. At least I will have a bit longer to wear my sweaters.


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